CBS suspends two TV execs amid complaints of racist, sexist conduct

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Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

By Alexandra Steigrad

January 31, 2021

CBS placed two top TV executives on administrative leave Monday night after an explosive report from the Los Angeles Times detailed allegations that they fostered a hostile work environment.

Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations and David Friend, senior vice president of news for the stations, were placed on leave “pending the results of a third-party investigation,” CBS said in a statement. Dunn and Friend oversee CBS’s 28 local stations in major markets across the US, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The LA Times report, which included with two dozen current and former CBS television station employees, said that the top bosses “cultivated a hostile work environment that included bullying female managers and blocking efforts to hire and retain black journalists.”

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